NAMM 2024: “If ’80s hair metal on a Gretsch Country Gentleman is your thing, who are we to stop you?” DiMarzio supercharges the Filter’Tron format with 3 new humbuckers – including a Super Distor’Tron

DiMarzio Tron Humbucker pickups
(Image credit: DiMarzio)

Guitar hardware firm DiMarzio has unveiled a triple threat of new Filter’Tron-inspired pickups as it looks to bridge the gap between vintage tone chasers and modern guitar playing. With NAMM 2024 right around the corner, it's dished out the details of three new humbucker sets: the New'Tron, PAF® Tron, and Super Distor'Tron.

First introduced at NAMM ’57 in Chicago, Filter’Tron pickups became synonymous with the warm tones of Gretsch guitars, with the pickups exclusive to Gretsch hollowbodies. They’ve been relied upon by the likes of Chet Atkins, George Harrison, Neil Young, Steven Stills, Malcolm Young, Pete Townshend and Brian Setzer for some iconic tones.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.